(Last Updated on : 07-05-2014)
Stainless steel jewellery is receiving immense popularity among the jewellery lovers all over India. Earlier, jewelleries
made with gold
or silver used to dominate the jewellery box of the women but now the scenario has changed a lot. The women of 21st century don't mind flaunting the ornaments that are made with low price metal like stainless steel. There is no doubt that in terms of traditional investment, gold jewellery
holds the highest rank. But when it comes to regular and random wear, stainless steel made jewellery definitely wins one of the decent positions. Starting from housewives to working ladies, now everyone is finding stainless steel jewelleries interesting as they go well with both ethnic and western attires.
Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. Depending on the grade of the stainless steel, it may also include smaller percentages of nickel, molybdenum, niobium and other metals.
Types of Stainless Steel Jewellery
Stainless steel which once just used to be an industrial material now finds its usage in the creation of innumerable beautiful jewelleries ranging from light weight to heavy weight. The jewelleries made with this metal come in various designs, cuts, shapes and finishes.
The grade of the metal varies depending on the type of jewelleries being made. For example, body jewelleries are designed using mainly three types of steel which comprises of Composition D Implantation Steel, 316L surgical steel and 316LVM Surgical Steel. Surgical stainless steels are manufactured from equivalent or higher standard material. The different jewelleries that are made with stainless steel are necklace
, bracelet, ring
, nose ring
, bangle, and chain
to name a few. Men are also finding this metal fashionable and are flaunting the designs whenever the occasion arises. Some of the men's stainless jewelleries comprise of band, chains, bracelets, wedding rings etc.
Jewellery makers sometimes combine stainless steel with other materials also to create fusion designs. The other materials include leather, copper, gold etc. Some of the examples of fusion jewelleries are polished stainless steel ring, stainless steel and gold multi layer cross necklace, stainless steel and gold plated crystal-cut band, stainless steel gold plated wedding band, stainless steel black leather bracelet etc.
Benefits of Stainless Steel Jewellery
The advantages of stainless steel jewelleries are endless. The biggest benefit of stainless steel is it is 100 percent recyclable. Stainless steel jewelleries are suitable for long lasting designs as the metal is resistant to rust, discoloration and high temperatures. Stainless steel jewelleries do not fade or chip over time also the finished design retains its shape more dutifully. These jewelleries are easy to maintain and clean; they just demand a dry rag.
Stainless steel jewelleries do not oxidize over time like silver and other metals. Thus, due to these benefits, people don't mind flaunting a jewellery piece created with this metal.